Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

January 4, 2017

Increasingly Economic and Racially Diverse Graduation Rates Pose Challenge and Opportunity

While the number of total high school graduates is projected to decline over the next two decades, the percentage of lower-income and nonwhite students is projected to steadily increase. For higher education institutions to grow, they'll need to find new ways of educating a student body increasingly composed of people who are the first in their family to enter college.

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December 21, 2016

Examining Student Attainment Rates in the Fall 2010 Cohort

Recent declines in overall national six-year completion rates have reversed and are now on an upward trajectory. A recent National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report shows that the overall national six-year completion rate increased 1.9 percentage points for the Fall 2010 cohort.

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December 6, 2016

Understanding the College Ranking Landscape

With the proliferation of new college rankings, it can be difficult to understand how they can inform student decisions about college. While income-oriented approaches may provide helpful information, they also often don't have perfectly reliable data sources. It is important to understand that a student's commitment, curiosity, and daring are impossible to factor into college rankings.

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